A photo posted online appears to capture the scary moment a passenger jet was struck by lightning as it descended into England’s Birmingham airport.
Lightning reportedly hit the KLM flight from Amsterdam three times as it prepares to land Friday.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 31, 2014
One passenger recalled the terrifying moments to the Birmingham Mail.
“It was incredible — there was one massive bang. Only moments before, I’d noticed the dark skies and told a passenger sitting next to me that I was surprised there was no thunder and lightning,” passenger Tony Everitt, 51, said.
“After the bang, my initial thought was the engine had blown-up,” the 51-year-old continued to the Birmingham Mail. “Surprisingly, it wasn’t frightening, it was exciting. You are waiting for something else to happen, then you realise nothing has gone wrong.”
Everitt said what surprised him the most was how the crew behaved aboard the aircraft.
“I know they spend a lot of time in the air, but I’m amazed by how calm they are,” he said. “The pilot simply said, ‘ladies and gentlemen, you may have noticed we were hit by lightning.’”
That calm attitude had a contagious effect, Everitt said, noting that “there was no screaming” on the plane.
A spokesman for the Birmingham Airport reportedly said, “All aircraft landed safely without incident on Friday afternoon.”
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